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MUSIC NOTES: A Cold Day for 98 Degrees

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Boy band 98 Degrees a bunch of greedy cheapskates?

If you ask the group's former manager, that's exactly what he thinks of them.

Paris D'Jon and the management company that once represented the group filed a $25 million breach of contract lawsuit against 98 Degrees alleging that he was fired in a selfish and greedy attempt to avoid paying contracted management fees, Reuters reports.

According to the lawsuit filed in New York, the company Top 40 Entertainment discovered the then-unknown group Next Issue, changed their name to 98 Degrees and helped launch the boy band into international stardom. D'Jon's contract with the band was suppose to end in October 2001, but "98 Degrees manufactured a breach agreement in December 1999 of their contractual obligations," D'Jon's lawyer, Brian Caplan, said.

Since coming onto the scene along with fellow boy bands 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees has had several gold and platinum-selling recordings and toured around the world. Their current album “Revelation” has spawned the hit “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche).”

SPORTY NEWS: Hey, even a Spice Girl can have an off day -- or two. Melanie Chisholm, also known as Sporty Spice or Mel C, told a British tabloid that she was suffering from depression, but isn't ashamed of it one bit. The 26-year-old Spice Girls singer is apparently down in the dumps over her love life and weight, Reuters reports.

``It's an illness and nothing to be ashamed of,'' she told the Brit tab Mirror. “I hope that I can dispel the stigma attached to this condition.”

But don't count this Spice Girl out just yet. She and the rest of the Spice Girls are set to release their first single in more than two years, followed by their third album in November.

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